5 Things for Wednesday
Just ahead of the huge testimony from James Comey tomorrow, top U.S. intelligence officials will testify today before the Senate intelligence committee. The probe was originally set to be focused on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but most think it will be a golden opportunity to get more information about President Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia.
It will definitely being an interesting event to watch out for- the open session will take place this morning followed by a closed session this afternoon.
Just this morning a double attack happened in the Iranian capital of Tehran, teams of gunmen opening fire on two symbolic sites in the region. Suicide bomb vests were also detonated, and left at least two dead and over 30 wounded.
ISIS has already claimed responsibility for the attack- but take this information with a grain of salt- they usually say they’re behind particularly violent assaults on any part of the world without any evidence. This attack in particular is a rare one, incidents like this are not common in Iran due to heavy policing in the area.
The man who killed two people on a Portland train and injured another was indicted yesterday on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, assault, menacing, intimidation, and unlawful use of a weapon. Jeremy Christian will go today to be arraigned, and enter his plea of guilty or not guilty.
What would normally be a routine process could turn chaotic, as last week Christian made loud and threatening in his court appearance, yelling things like “you call it terrorism; I call it patriotism!” The appearance, which was being livestreamed, caused mass outrage outside the court, almost inciting violence. Due to this, there will be no such livestream in the court today.
Here we’ve been no stranger to rain the past few days, but Florida is getting hit especially bad right now. A day of storms yesterday caused massive flooding in the state, cutting off certain roads that had streets engulfed by water. Parts of the states received more rain than they did when actual hurricanes were in the area.
We are just a day away from the election in the U.K. to determine who the new Prime Minister will be. This is especially important and hectic at the moment due to the recent terror attacks in the country. Current Prime Minister Theresa May is making her rounds across the country, promising to fight terrorism differently if she is to be re-elected.
This includes doing things like making deportation easier, regulating the internet, and keeping convicted terrorists in prison longer- even in a region that is considered to already be strong in the fight against terrorism. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of days.